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I Choose Love.

By now most people will have seen the horrific photos and footage from the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London, yesterday. The graphic details and images of this crime deeply sickened and disturbed me, as I’m sure they did, many others.

That was the point of this crime. It was a hate crime. The perpetrators wanted to shock and horrify people, they wanted to incite hatred and anger. They want everyone to remember their faces, their words, the horror.

I will not do what they want. I will not remember them.

I will remember this face; Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

Source- Herald Sun
Source- Herald Sun

Ms Loyau-Kennett kept the armed perpetrator talking to her for over five minutes, because, in her words; there were so many people around that I didn’t want him to get scared or agitated. I kept talking to him to keep him occupied.”  Her actions, and clear thinking, in the face of abhorrent evil, prevented anyone else at the scene being harmed and could possibly have saved lives. I will remember her, and what she did that day.

I will remember this image, of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Source- Herald Sun
Source- Herald Sun

Drummer Rigby was 25 years old. He had a wife, and a two year son, called Jack. His mates called him “Riggers”.

He has been described, in a statement from his family, as “cheeky and humourous” ,  “loving son, husband, father ,brother and uncle”, “He would do anything for anybody – he always looked after his sisters and always protected them.”

I will remember Lee Rigby. I will remember his face, how proud he looks in his uniform. I will remember his family, his son Jack, his wife, his sisters, his parents. I will remember what a good bloke he sounds like.

I will not remember the evil that took his life. I will not look at their faces, I will not watch their horror. I will not do what they want.

They have not incited hatred in me, but love and compassion for a man and his family whom I have never met, but will always remember.

Rest In Peace Drummer Lee Rigby






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4 thoughts on “I Choose Love.

  1. Choosing love, and to celebrate the kindness of strangers is such an empowering thing to do, for you and for us. I refuse to descend into negativity. There is a lot of good in this world and kindness, compassion and love win over evil every time.
    Lovely post – thank you.
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  2. Very thoughtful. I don’t tend to follow much news so while I saw the photo of the soldier and knew he had a wife and child, i didn’t dig much deeper. I just find it all too much. I don’t tend to hate those who perpetrate, the world’s too screwed – they’re screwed, something happened to them to screw them. I have great sadness for those who become victims, and I simply wish it didn’t happen. That’s all i can do x
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